This Week at Bethlehem

Pastoral Musings

The poor fellow possessed by many demons in the gospel reading for Sunday is also the only potential follower Jesus rejected. Another view might be that, far from being rejected, he was put to work immediately — no further training needed.

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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This Sunday’s texts paint startling pictures of the horrific—the demonic—nature of sin. The church’s repeated celebration of the holy communion counters that tragic reality in a continued showing forth of the death of Jesus “until he comes.” It is a dramatic declaration of “how much God has done for you.”

Readings & Psalm

Isaiah 65:1-9 The prophet sent to a rebellious people
Psalm 22:19-28 In the midst of the assembly I will praise you. (Ps. 22:22)
Galatians 3:23-29 In baptism, clothed with Christ; no longer Jew or Greek
Luke 8:26-39 Jesus casts out demons possessing a man of the Gerasenes

Daily Discipleship, A resource for Sunday's Readings 

Hymns & Setting

ELW Holy Communion Setting 10
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (ELW 611)
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (ELW 843)
We Come to You for Healing, Lord (ELW 617)
Take My Life, That I May Be (ELW 583)
On Our Way Rejoicing (ELW 537)

Worship Leaders

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Pastor's Report for May 2019

Contact: Pastor.Jean

Worship Services

  • Word & Sacrament: We held twelve (12) regular services of Word & Sacrament. 
Andrew Smith, LPA, led worship May 18th & 19th.
  • Baptism: Jamie Weaver baptized May 5th
  • Confirmation: Johnna Voto, Ell Brockman, Chessica West, Morrgan Gibson-Boettcher and Skye Belobradic confirmed May 12th
  • Funeral(s) Gwen McClanahan, May 2nd ; Cynthia McCain, May10th
  • Clergy Text Study: Pr. Peggy Paugh-Leuzinger from the Synod office joined the May 7th  meeting to discuss collaboration in mission. As a side note, some of the discussion turned to Bethlehem specifically, the special nature of God’s mission for us, and the desire of the other congregations in the Beartooth and Shepherd clusters to help us that we may thrive.

Pastoral Care

Homebound Visits: Katherine Brodersen, Ida Mae Russell, and Arnie Uecker are currently on my list for monthly visits.

Social Justice - Community Engagement: 

  • “Another Voice” episode, aired May 30th.
  • I also attempted to meet with Tom Bonner of Love INC (In the Name of Christ) – will try to reconnect later in the summer.

Christian Education

Sunday School: I would like to explore multi-generational education.

Vacation Bible School: will I be called upon to open with prayer or other duties?

Adult Forums: have recommended and made available “Daily Discipleship” for use.

Bible Study: continue to meet Wednesday evenings @7p; always a great discussion

Continuing Education – I attended the Festival of Homiletics. It was a treat to hear excellent preachers and learn from them. Some of the highlights include

  • Hearing Barbara Lundblad preaching in the present tense; weaving a compelling narrative between scripture and our present realities.
  • Listening to Will Willimon talk about comedy and moral imagination – brought to life by entertaining and poignant personal stories.
  • Preaching as science fiction; social media (preaching in the digital age); and how Brené Brown’s research helps us preach.

Theological Study & Reading I picked up a number of books written by presenters at the Festival. I’m currently leafing through “Marking Time” and “Transforming Stone” by Barbara Lundblad, and “Living Water for Thirsty Souls” by Marvin McMickle. On the lighter side, I’ve been reading a book loaned by a member of the congregation: “Death in the Pines” by Thom Hartmann.

Church Business

I met with the LPA training cohort and attended the WELCA business meeting and bible study. Also attended the regular monthly meetings for worship & music planning and council.


An additional note about My Health: I experienced some chest pain and that gave me a bit of a scare. I checked out healthy; my primary care physician thinks it was due to muscle strain in my back from overuse.

Another Voice

Contact: Pr Jean

Pastor Jean has participated in the past two episodes of the show "Another Voice" which airs on Community Seven Television. To watch online go to their website: https://www.comm7tv.com and check the archive.


Leadership Development

Contact: Margie Shea

Beginning in June, the council will be reviewing videos prepared by Northern Rockies Institute of Theology (NRIT) for church councils serving in the Montana Synod.
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Christikon - Adult Volunteer Opportunity

Contact: Pr Jean

We'll be sending three High School youth to Christikon this summer. Many churches also send adults who are involved with youth activities. They stay in the lodge, may bring their own food and/or eat with the campers, and are invited to participate in as they wish. Some also bring their young children. There is no fee and it's a great investment in our youth.


Picture Day Update

Contact: Casey Aguiano

We've been taking pictures to update our directory. Contact Casey for more information.


Children of Bethlehem

Contact: Johnna Voto

We are preparing a new sign for the wall of pictures featuring people Bethlehem has raised up to become pastors. The new sign reflects steps to greater inclusion in the ministry and will read "Children of Bethlehem" instead of "Sons..." or "Sons and Daughters..."


Gather Bible Study, Circle June 13th, 12:30p

Contact: Marlys Hogg
 The book of Esther is one of the latest writings of the Old Testament, perhaps written to inspire Jews who had been scattered in the diaspora. The narrative takes place in the court of the King of Persia, King Ahasuerus. Some think that it was written to explain and establish the Jewish festival of Purim.

This three session-study is brought to us by Kay Ward, a bishop of the Moravian Church who lives at Marquardt Manor, a Moravian retirement community in Watertown, Wisconsin. She continues to serve in ministry as a pastor to pastors and intercessor for the church. Before retiring from the staff of Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, she served in team ministry with her husband, Aden. Kay was the first woman to be elected a bishop in the 541 years of the Moravian Church (the Unitas Fratrum).

Help Lead Worship

Contact: Pr Jean -
Having the sign-up sheets for worship hanging in the narthex does not seem to be working well, as you can see in Worship Leader’s Schedule for June. Inviting people to volunteer for specific roles on specific dates has worked for the 10:30 am service in the past. As an added bonus, it gives me (Pr. Jean) an excuse to call and talk to you more often. The majority of people, who attend the 8:30 am service regularly, have stated a preference for self-organizing immediately before the service. We’ll leave the sign-up sheets in the narthex and I’ll also go back to inviting individuals to help lead the 10:30 am service.


Summer Lawn and Landscape Care

Contact: Johnna Voto

The church's neighbor has been mowing our lawn on Sunday afternoons. He does a beautiful job, but it hardly seems right to leave our work to someone else. Would you be willing to mow by Saturday afternoon?

Someone suggested a sign-up sheet for snow removal last winter and that seems like a good idea for summer outside stuff too. The idea is that people take turns, a month at a time, to take responsibility for noticing how things look and inviting volunteers as needed. Also, people are invited to sign-up for the jobs they would enjoy, or at least be willing to do, if called upon.

For-the-Community Garden

Contact: Pr Jean -

Everyone is welcome to sow, tend and reap from the For-the-Community Garden at anytime. Jeanne Weber and Pastor have started and plan to make Wednesday a regular tend the garden day. Come join in the fun, the more the merrier! It's more of an iced-tea and cookies affair than a forced labor, blood, sweat and tears kind of deal.

The seed potatoes and some herbs are in. The tomato and onion seedlings are spending more time ourside each day in preparation for planting and the three-sisters garden is ready for the corn seeds.


Contact Us

Pr. Jean Hay - 696-9586 
Margie Shea - Council President - 248-8168‬ 
Casey Anguiano - Council Vice President - 534-2198‬ 
Johnna Voto - Secretary - 670-1370‬ 
Darlene Fernelius - Treasurer - 652-2356‬ 
Jerry Bauck - Council Member - 248-7946 
Gayle Breding - Council Member - 694-4242 
Dave Brockman - Council Member - 927-5729 
Dennis McCave - Council Member - 702-4983‬ 
Barb Bohle - Alternate - 534-2097‬ 
Jessie Hanna - Alternate - 598-7322‬

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